An example of subtext is understanding that a character is very angry when asked if they're okay and they say "I'm fine" with an annoyed tone to their voice.
- the complex of feelings, motives, etc. conceived of by an actor as underlying the actual words and actions of the character being portrayed
- an underlying meaning, theme, etc.
- An implicit meaning or theme of a literary text.
- The underlying personality of a dramatic character as implied or indicated by a script or text and interpreted by an actor in performance.
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